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Vajont Dam

Nestled in the Italian Alps, the Vajont Dam stands as a monumental engineering feat with a tragic history. Its haunting beauty and the story of one of the deadliest man-made disasters beckon introspective exploration. Read more

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Built in the 1960s, the Vajont Dam was once the world's tallest double-curve arch dam. But beyond its engineering marvel, it's known for the tragic event of 1963. A massive landslide plunged into the reservoir, causing an enormous wave to overtop the dam, devastating the towns below and claiming over 2,000 lives. Today, the dam remains intact, but the reservoir is no longer in use. The site serves as a somber reminder of the tragedy, with a memorial and museum dedicated to the event and its victims. The surrounding landscapes, marked by the scars of the landslide, are juxtaposed with the serene beauty of the Alps.
The Vajont Dam, while emblematic of human engineering prowess, also serves as a poignant reminder of the unpredictable forces of nature and the importance of respecting and understanding our environment. The site stands as a testament to resilience, remembrance, and reflection.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Vajont Dam

Vajont Dam Memorial

A tribute to the victims of the 1963 disaster, this memorial stands as a poignant reminder of the human cost of the tragedy.

Vajont Dam Museum (Museo del Vajont)

Delve deep into the history, construction, and tragic event of 1963 through photographs, documents, and personal testimonies.

Erto and Casso

The ancient villages, left almost untouched since the disaster, are frozen in time, offering visitors a glimpse into the pre-tragedy life.

Monte Toc

Known as the "Walking Mountain," it was from this mountain that the catastrophic landslide originated. Today, it offers challenging hiking trails with panoramic views.

Vajont Dam Overlook

Offering breathtaking views of the dam and the valley below, this spot allows for contemplation and understanding of the scale of the disaster.

Church of San Martino

Located in Erto, this historic church remains a symbol of resilience, having withstood the 1963 disaster.

Cellina Valley

A stunning natural landscape, ideal for hiking, trekking, and nature photography, showcasing the pristine beauty of the Italian Alps.

Maè Village

A picturesque village with narrow streets, ancient houses, and an evocative ambiance that speaks to the region's history and culture.

Guided Tours

Embark on guided tours to understand the technical aspects of the dam, the events leading up to the disaster, and its aftermath.

Lake of Barcis

Located nearby, this turquoise lake surrounded by dense forests offers relaxation and a chance to appreciate the natural beauty of the region.

What else to visit
In and around Vajont Dam

Belluno (16.46 km)

Perched gracefully on the foothills of the Dolomites, is a harmony of Renaissance architecture and natural splendor. Often termed the "Gateway to the Dolomites," this charming town beckons with its alpine beauty and rich Venetian heritage.

Native House od Titian (18.3 km)

In the quaint town of Pieve di Cadore, lies the birthplace of Tiziano Vecellio, better known as Titian - one of the most influential painters of the Renaissance. This historic residence is a pilgrimage for art enthusiasts worldwide.

Alleghe (28.31 km)

Alleghe, a picturesque gem nestled in the heart of the Dolomites, is renowned for its pristine lake, awe-inspiring mountain backdrop, and a plethora of year-round recreational activities.

Cortina D' Ampezzo (33.78 km)

Cortina D'Ampezzo, known as the "Beautiful Lady of the Mountains", is a charming mountain town and world-famous ski resort in the heart of the Dolomites in northern Italy.

Lake Braies (51.55 km)

A mesmerizing spectacle of nature's grandeur. Often dubbed "The Pearl of the Dolomites," this alpine lake shimmers with emerald and turquoise hues, offering visitors a surreal escape amidst its scenic backdrop.

Lago di Braies (51.61 km)

Tucked amidst the Dolomite peaks, Lago di Braies gleams like an emerald gem, embodying Alpine serenity. Often referred to as the "Pearl of the Dolomites," this lake offers a dreamscape painted in nature's finest hues.

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